Hog Wild [Rock & Roll, 4 piece]
Wow, what a great night!
I walked into a heaving Ye Olde Swan with a wonderful lively atmosphere just as Hog Wild got underway. It was clear pretty much immediately that I was in for a treat as the opening few songs were performed brilliantly with the clarity of sound of each instrument & vocal that you rarely hear at this type of gig.
These guys are all about rock 'n' roll & the lead singer has the most perfect voice for this genre, an American Country twang, bringing each song alive with the most wonderful charisma. I loved "Jitterbug Boogie" & "Treat Her Right" in particular. His added yelps, whoops, yeahs, OK's, laughs & more, really added the x factor (can't believe I just said that!) to his performance. The musicianship was fabulous from all. The drummer & bassist gave the guitars the most fabulous foundation with super solid performances very true to the original recordings. Both guitarist were good but the lead guitarist was pretty much flawless & not a pedal in sight! Some of his solo work was complex & incredible - mostly while he was looking at the audience. Not sure how he does that! The lead guitarist also had several lead vocal duties & he didn't disappoint. His vocal & the band performance on "Pretty Woman" was brilliant. All backing vocals were nicely done.
I noticed that there must of been an earlier communication issue with the pub about the number of sets/breaks. An announced twenty minute break turned into less than 5 minutes. Fair play to the band for being so flexible.
The wireless walkabout from both guitarists & bass player while the drummer stood up hitting the skins was great. It was all about engaging the audience & believe me Hog Wild had the pub totally engaged. I expect the landlord or lady couldn't get his/her diary out quick enough to re-book them.
The band performed around 35 classic numbers, including a couple of encores. Every song super solid. I can't report a banana skin or under par song & I can be a tough critic.
I've been to many a gig but this is the first time I've written a review - it's a glowing one because the Hog Wild boys truly deserve it.
Whether you love rock 'n' roll or not you absolutely should go & check this fabulous band out. Get there early, to make sure you can get through the door!
PeteTuesday 17 November 2015
Thanks Pete, we really do try hard to make every gig special - so pleased that it's appreciated. Come and see us often - we have several gigs at the Swan next year. And keep an eye on Lemonrock to see where else we're playing.